A is for Abandon
Writing with AbandonOf all the words that begin with “a,” this one attracts me the most. Abandon, in writing, implies a writer passionately lost in the process. When we achieve abandon in our writing, we lose track of time and place, and our words form in a creative alchemy of soul and substance. But to write with abandon, you must be in the right place, physically and psychologically. You need to feel safe and supported so that you may explore your dreams. Where you are accepted for what you are, and what you are not. Where you might accept the differences of others, and learn from them. This should be a place to absorb ideas, and accompany others as you advance along your writing path. Even when you are feeling solitary. A place that allows you the freedom to go your own way. A place to make new friends, accomplish the unimaginable, achieve the unexpected, and acquire new skills. A place to find adventure—or amnesty.
A place to anchor your soul to creativity, and then let it soar.
If you are looking for these things, you might find them here:
Writers' Village is an amazing and affordable resource: an online writing community that offers writing groups, classes, and certificates in fiction and nonfiction. Looking for a new writing community? Stop by the village some time.
Full disclosure: I’m a Writers' Village member, volunteer adviser for MFA-certificate track students, and moderator/facilitator for MFA classes.